Archive of Past ENCDC Meetings

Meeting December 12th, 2020

A virtual meeting of the Encinitas and North Coast Democratic Club (the “Club”) was held on December 12, 2020 via Zoom.  The meeting commenced at 12:40 pm with the call to order by Narima Lopes, President, who determined that all participants could hear each other and greeted those present. The following items of business were then presented and discussed at the meeting.


  1. Kellie Shay Hinze, member of Encinitas City Council, spoke about her recent election, thanking everyone for all the help getting her elected.

  2. Narima Lopes introduced U.S. Congressman Scott Peters, representing District 52, who spoke about the election and then took questions.

  3. Narima Lopes introduced Professor Andrea LaCroix, PhD, Chief of Epidemiology at UCSD,  who spoke about Aging, Ageism and the Vulnerability of Older Adults to COVID-19.  Following her presentation, there was a question-and-answer session.

  4. Narima Lopes spoke about the upcoming ADEM (Assembly District Election Meeting) election, pursuant to which 14 delegates would be elected to represent District 76 in the California Democratic Party.  Narima introduced the following members of the Club who are running in the election:  Nancy Hardwick, Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear, Carlsbad City Council Member Cori Schumacher, Cecily Resnick, and Harold Standerfer, each of whom spoke about his or her candidacy. 

  5. Beryl Lewis spoke on behalf of Priya Bhat-Patel, member of Carlsbad City Council, who is a candidate for election to California State Senate District 36.

  6. Nasrin Weigley, the Club Membership Chair, reminded the Club members to renew their memberships, and invited others to join the Club.

  7. There were no announcements.

Following the conclusion of business, the meeting was adjourned at 1:55.

Respectfully submitted,


 Deborah R. Cravets, Secretary

Meeting November 14th, 2020

A virtual meeting of the Encinitas and North Coast Democratic Club (the “Club”) was held on November 14, 2020 via Zoom.  The meeting commenced at 12:32 pm with the call to order by Narima Lopes, President, who determined that all participants could hear each other and greeted those present. The following items of business were then presented and discussed at the meeting.


  1. Mike Levin, US Representative from the 49th District, spoke about the recent election thanking everyone for all the help getting him re-elected, and events in Washington.  Following his report, there was a short question and answer session.

  2. Catherine Blakespear, recently re-elected as Mayor of Encinitas, thanked those who assisted in her campaign.

  3. Tim Nader, recently elected as Superior Court Judge, Seat 30, thanked those who assisted in his campaign.

  4. Teresa Acosta, recently elected as a member of Carlsbad City Council from District 4, thanked those who assisted in her campaign, and spoke about future plans for the City Council.

  5. Tasha Boerner Horvath,  recently re-elected to the California State Assembly, thanked those who assisted in her campaign.

  6. Nasrin Weigley, the Club Membership Chair, reminded the Club members to renew their memberships, and invited others to join the Club.

  7. Nancy Hardwick, member of the Club’s PAC, spoke regarding the Postcards to Georgia project, assisting two Democratic candidates for the US Senate running in Georgia.

  8. Bob Muth, Vice President of the Club, led a discussion of the types of speakers and topics that the Club members would like to see in the coming year.  In addition, Cori Schumacher, member of Carlsbad City Council, addressed the rampant spread of misinformation.

  9. A Club member asked a question regarding how to reach out to non-voters and encourage them to start voting.  No one had any suggestions.

  10. There were no announcements.

Following the conclusion of business, the meeting was adjourned at 1:33.

Respectfully submitted,


 Deborah R. Cravets, Secretary

Meeting October 3rd, 2020

A virtual meeting of the Encinitas and North Coast Democratic Club (the “Club”) was held on October 3, 2020 via Zoom.  The meeting commenced at 12:42 pm with the call to order by Narima Lopes, President, who determined that all participants could hear each other and greeted those present. The following items of business were then presented and discussed at the meeting.


  1. Teresa Acosta, candidate for Carlsbad City Council, District 4, and Lela Panagides, candidate for Carlsbad City Council, District 2, each spoke regarding her campaign.

  2. Narima Lopes introduced following Club Political Action Committee members: Nancy Hardwick, who reported regarding the Flip the West postcard initiative, the Club program to send postcards to newly registered Democrats in Encinitas and Carlsbad, and sending postcards to voters in the 50th Congressional District to help Ammar Campa-Najjar’s campaign; Karen McLachlan, who spoke about the PAC’s efforts with sending postcards, door drops, and safe voting; and Ed McFadd who also spoke about the PAC’s activities.

  3. Bob Muth introduced the panelists who were participating in the panel discussion, “What’s the Controversy Regarding Housing Development Along the Coastal Cities of San Diego County,” and asked each to introduce themselves to the meeting attendees.  The panelists were Catherine Blakespear, Encinitas Mayor; Priya Bhat-Patel, Carlsbad City Council member; and Robert Kent, CEO of KEYS4HOMES, an advocacy group for affordable housing.  Bob Muth moderated the discussion, and the panelists answered questions posed by those attending the meeting.

  4. Narima Lopes requested that the Club members consider donating privately to the campaigns of Catherine Blakespear, running to be reelected as Encinitas Mayor; Kellie Shay Hinze, running for Encinitas City Council District 2; and Tony Kranz, running for Encinitas City Council District 1, because the Club has already given these candidates the maximum donations allowed by law.

  5. Narima Lopes announced that the Club is conducting a fundraising match for the campaigns of Teresa Acosta and Lela Panagides , and that any pledges and donations sent to the individual campaigns via a secure link provided by each campaign and done by October 4th, will be matched by the Club up to $250 per campaign.

  6. Nasrin Weigley reminded those present to join the Club and that if anyone joined at this time, their membership would be good for the rest of 2020 and all of 2021.  She also announced that the Club now has 149 members.

  7. Narima announced that the next Club meeting will be held via Zoom on November 7th.

Following the conclusion of business, the meeting was adjourned at 2:23.

Respectfully submitted,


 Deborah R. Cravets, Secretary

Meeting September 12th, 2020

Congressman Mike Levin and several local candidates spoke about the upcoming election and the volunteer effort. Bardis Vakili Senior Staff Attorney for the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties, spoke about “Systemic Disenfranchisement and Voter Suppression Issues in our Democracy”.  Following his presentation, there was a question and answer session. See Blue Wave News Page for an analysis.

Meeting August 8th, 2020

Speaker:  Howard Wayne, co-chair and founding board member of the SD Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society.

"The Right-Wing Takeover of the Courts and the Consequences for the Future of the United States". Campaign and proposition endorsements - discussion and voting. 

Meeting July 11th, 2020

The speakers were Zoltan Hajnal, Professor of Political Science, UCSD, on "How Race and Class Shape Winning and Losing in American Politics" and Brad Waite, Co-Lead, Dems of Rossmoor Texters, on Training for National Campaigns. Meeting minutes: 7-11-20 ENCDC meeting minutes.

Meeting March 7th, 2020

Homelessness in San Diego County: Causes, Common Myths & Possible Solutions presentations by John Van Cleef, Executive Director of the Community Resource Center and Greg Anglea, Chief Executive Officer of Interfaith. Meeting Minutes: 3-7-20 ENCDC meeting minutes.

More information: Coronavirus and Homelessness in San Diego-article

Meeting February 8th, 2020

The club had presentations from several candidates as well as an update from Mike Levin on what is happening in Washington. The club voted to endorse Tasha Boerner Horvath for Assembly District 76, Kelly Shay Hinze for Encinitas City Council, Tim Nader for Superior Court Judge, Seat 30, and No on Measure B -- Newland Development. Meeting Minutes: 2-8-20 ENCDC meeting minutes.

Meeting November 9th, 2019

Professor Staci Beavers presented "All Things Impeachment." Dr. Beavers teaches undergraduate courses in U.S. Constitutional Law in the Political Science Department at California State University San Marcos.

The Club endorsed Ammar Campa-Najjar for CD50 and Michelle LaLeggio for San Diego Superior Court Judge Seat 36.

Meeting October 5, 2019

Attorney Matthew Strabone spoke on “The ABCs and PACs of Campaign Finance.” We also heard Dr. Donna Rencsak present on “The Emotional and Psychological Impact on Children who are being Caged and Separated from their Parents.” Candidates Teresa Acosta (Carlsbad Dist. 4), Michelle Ialeggio (Judge Seat 36) and Tim Nader (Judge Seat 40) also spoke. Meeting minutes: 10-5-19 ENCDC Meeting

Meeting September 7, 2019

The meeting provided a District 3 Supervisor Candidate Forum with Terra Lawson-Remer and Olga Diaz, moderated by The League of Women Voters. Both candidates were voted acceptable by the members.

Mike Levin was endorsed by the Club for CD49 race.

Tasha Boerner-Horvath was endorsed by the Club for the AD76 race.

Representative Mike gave an update on the activities in Congress and Assembly Member Tasha gave an update on the bills she cosponsored Meeting minutes: 9-7-19 ENCDC meeting minutes

Meeting August 3, 2019

The presentation and panel on SANDAG's "5 Bold Moves" and the 2021 Regional Transportation Plan was very informative. Forum participants included Hasan Ikhrata, Executive Director of SANDAG, Cori Schumaker, Carlsbad City Council member, and David Grubb, Transportation Chair, Sierra Club, San Diego chapter.

Meeting July 13, 2019

The guest speaker was Michael Allen, Writer/Director of the documentary "How Hot is it Going to Get” who spoke about the effects of climate change. Hope Nelson from the voluntary organization C4FA (Citizens for a Friendly Airport) provided an update on their organization's role in opposing the D-111 expansion of the Palomar Airport.

Meeting June 8, 2019

The guest speaker at the June 8 meeting was Joel Day, Director at the City of San Diego, who will speak on "Countering Hate Extremism and Radicalization." Joel Day oversees the City’s 49 public policy boards and commissions. He is also is a liaison on the homeland security issues of violent extremism and targeted violence. In addition, Joel is also a Visiting Professor at the University of San Diego's Kroc School of Peace Studies and a National Security Fellow of the Truman National Security Project.

Meeting May 11, 2019

Kyle Krahel-Frolander, who currently works for the House of Representatives where one of his duties includes supporting a Task Force to examine the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), provided an update on the safe storage of spent nuclear fuel and the management of the decommissioning process. "SONGS: Decommissioning, Safety Concerns and Where We Go From Here"

Meeting April 13, 2019

Guest speaker Marjorie Cohn, Professor Emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Consultant for CBS News and a Legal Analyst for Court TV, as well as a Legal and Political Commentator on BBC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR, and Pacifica Radio, spoke on “Trump's Many Legal Entanglements and the Mueller Report." Celeste Caton, Legal Intake and Referral Coordinator, Jewish Family Service of San Diego, and affiliated with the Rapid Response Network, provided an update on "The Migrant Crisis in San Diego."

Meeting March 9, 2019

Guest Speaker, Andy Kopp, Deputy Executive Director of Climate Action Campaign, presented on "Climate Change and San Diego's Green New Deal." Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez and Candidate Terra Lawson-Remer (Supervisor, District 3) also spoke.

Meeting February 9, 2019

Our guest speaker was Congressman Mike Levin, newly elected to the 49th Congressional District. He provided a candid discussion on: "The View from Washington DC: Policy, Politics and What to Expect in 2019" and took questions from the audience. In addition, Hope Nelson from Citizens for a Friendly Airport presented on "The Expansion of Palomar Airport."

Meeting November 10, 2018

Francine Busby (Chair Emeritus of the San Diego Democratic Party) will spoke on the Election Results. Terra Lawson-Remer (Flip the 49th Co-Leader) spoke on how we changed this district through a combined effort of many activist groups, and what's next for North County.

Meeting October 6, 2018

Our speaker in October was Kathy Cruz, Senior Advisor to the State of California’s Chief Information Security Officer, who presented on “Cyber Security Issues Around Elections.”

Meeting September 8, 2018

Our guest speaker, Dr Tom Wong, Associate Professor of Political Science at UCSD, provided an insightful presentation on "How do we increase Democratic voter turnout in November?" This included insights from data that will be critical to Democratic success, such as targeting low propensity voters. Local candidates also introduced themselves.

Meeting August 4, 2018

Howard Wayne, co-chair and founding board member of the San Diego Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society, spoke on " How Trump is Weaponizing the Courts with Judicial Picks that will Harm America for the Next 40 Years." Ammar Campar-Najjar, who is running in the 50th district to unseat Duncan Hunger, introduced himself and took questions.

Meet and Greet July 28, 2018

Picnic with Carlsbad City Candidates - Cori Schumacher for Mayor, Priya Bhat-Patel for District 3, Linda Breen and Barbara Hamilton

Meeting July 14, 2018

Great presentation by Carmen Chavez, Executive Director of Casa Cornelia Legal Center, on "Immigration and the Devastating Impact of the Recent Changes Imposed by the Trump Administration." They are doing great work for immigrant families. Also, Stephen Groce, Chair of the San Diego Human Relations Commission, talked about their efforts and local candidates introduced themselves to our group.

Meeting June 2, 2018

The Encinitas and North Coast Democratic Club's meeting featured John Mattes, an investigative journalist who has won 5 Emmys and other awards for exposing fraud and corruption in government. He spoke on "How Russian Bots Influenced the 2016 General Election." Local candidates also gave an update on their campaigns.


Meeting May 5, 2018

Speakers included Nikki Faddick from Moms Demand Action, Steve Bartram from the Brady Campaign, and High School Students Advocating for Gun Control and Gun Violence Prevention. In addition, Stephanie Corkran from the SanDiego350 Public Policy Team spoke on fighting climate change through opposition of the SDG&E pipeline and Regionalization (AB 813).

Dave Myers, candidate for San Diego County Sheriff, and Marggie Castellano, candidate for State Senate from the 36th District, spoke regarding their campaigns. Jim McCord from the California Clean Money Campaign spoke about dark money involved in campaign’s issues. Narima Lopes as President and Mary Meyers as Treasurer were affirmed by the Club.

Meeting April 7, 2018

Our featured speakers were leading Democratic lawmakers in Encinitas and Carlsbad who filled us in on local priorities and opportunities to get involved. Speakers included Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear and Carlsbad City Councilmember Cori Schumacher, presenting: “Creating a better world through local leadership.” The membership also voted to endorse Matt Brower for San Diego County Superior Court Judge.

Meeting March 10, 2018

In this meeting, the AD76 candidates responded to a wide range of questions from the attendees ranging from gun violence prevention to nuclear waste to the gas tax. Announcements regarding GO Team training, voter registration, and the importance of the midterm election were made. The petition to move County races to the November Ballot in order to attract more DEMS to vote was made available.

Meeting February 3, 2018

Scott Peters, Representative from the 52nd Congressional District, spoke on "Democrats in Congress:  Challenges and Opportunities for 2018.” Francine Busby, Fundraising Chair and former Chair of the San Diego Democratic Party, presented "Local Politics" and there was District and County Candidate introductions. At this meeting, we also received membership approval for our revised bylaws.

Meeting November 4, 2017

Our last meeting on November 4 included guest speaker Nora Vargas, VP of Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, speaking on "Women in Trump era: Challenges and Responses in Local Politics." It was followed by introductions by local and county Democratic candidates.

Meeting October 7, 2017

The Oct. 7 meeting was a candidates forum, with 3 candidates running against Darrell Issa in the 49th congressional district: Paul Kerr, Mike Levin and Doug Applegate. The candidates covered a variety of topics, from health care to immigration reform and economic growth.

Meeting September 9, 2017


The Sept. 9 meeting of the Encinitas and North Coast Democratic Club was held at the Encinitas Library. Speakers included Encinitas mayor Catherine Blakespear, Carlsbad city council member Cori Schumacher, and Tammy Gilles, Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League, who presented on “Confronting the Re-Emergence of White Supremacists in Modern America.” In addition, candidates Paul Kerr (49th district Congressional seat) and Michelle Cassel-Gomez (AD 76) introduced themselves to the Club.

Meeting August 12, 2017

At our 8/12 meeting, Deborah Cunningham-Skurnik, Director for District 8, spoke regarding “Club Delegates and Pre-Endorsing Conference.” Tasha Boerner-Horvath, Encinitas City Council member, spoke about proposed AB 805, the Transportation Agency Bill. Following Ms. Boerner-Horvath’s presentation, AB 805 was endorsed by the Club. Next, several candidates spoke, including Joe Mosca, current member of the Encinitas City Council, Elizabeth Warren, who is running for the California State Assembly representing District 76, and Klement Tinaj, candidate for governor of California. Bill Kuhn then provided an overview on Neighborhood In Action Training to Flip Congressional District 49.

Meeting July 8, 2017

At our July meeting, we heard from California State Senator Toni Atkins and  Janet Meredith. They gave presentations and discussed health policy work and SB 562, California's Single Payer bill.


Meeting June 3, 2017

Guest Speaker Nicole Capretz’s (President of the Climate Action Campaign) presented: "Why local action is key to solving climate crisis- and why that's a good thing." Jessica Hayes (County Chair of the Democratic Party) spoke about the state of the local party and plans for the 2018 elections. Harold Standerfer spoke on the Community Choice Energy.

Meeting May 6, 2017

Our meeting on May 6 at the Encinitas Library included Guest Speaker is Alex Landon (Criminal Defense Attorney) who presented on "Know Your Rights when Protesting." Mike Levin (Candidate for Congress in the 49th District against Issa) introduced himself and discussed the upcoming election.

Meeting April 1, 2017

Our meeting on April 1 was held at the Encinitas Library from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.  Dr. Milton Saier spoke on “Rationalism, the Environment and Women’s Liberation in an Era of Fascism.” Dr. Joel Martin did a presentation on “How to Position and Write Letters to the Editor.”

Meeting March 4, 2017

Francine Busby provided 1) An overview of the San Diego County Democratic Party and 2) Grassroots Organizing: forming and running an indivisible group and such a meeting and taking action via the group. 3) She also referred to the Spokes Council, a “hub of a wheel” for all the different resistance organizing entities in North County (and anywhere in SD). Sheryl Brown, Coordinator of the Independent grassroots groups that have organized in the 49th  and 50th CD, described the success with her indivisible group. It was an excellent real life example of post election resistance. Sheryl now has about 900 members in her group. Here is a link to Francine's presentation: SDCDP_2017_Combined Party_Indivisible

Meeting February 4, 2017

We had standing room only at Feb. 4 meeting, which was an important one regarding the future of the Democratic Party. Please check our "Get Involved" page for ways you can take action.

Chair Emeritus, San Diego County Democratic Party; Member, Democratic National Committee and Francine Busby, Chair Emeritus of the San Diego County Democratic Party, gave presentations on Our Role as Opposition Party - The DNC & Democrats in 2017 and Beyond.

Meeting November 19, 2016

In our meeting on November 19 we discussed the results of the election and next steps. In addition, Lisa Klinger and Lynn Calkins spoke about the “California End of Life Action Act.”

Meeting October 15, 2016

Our meeting on October 15 included guest speaker was Dr. Andrew Blum, Executive Director, Institute for Peace and Justice at USD. Dr. Blum spoke about "Countering Violent Extremism - Globally, Nationally, and Locally." In 2016, Dr. Blum led efforts to establish RESOLVE (Researching Solutions to Violent Extremism), a global network of researchers focused on identifying effective strategies.

Meeting September 24, 2016

Our general meeting was held on September 24th at the Encinitas Library. Our guest speaker, Dr. Del Dickson, spoke on “The Second Amendment and How the NFA Re-Wrote it to Suit Itself.” Dave Roberts, running for County Supervisor, and Douglas Applegate, running for Congress, provided updates on their campaigns. Various local candidates gave presentations.

Meeting August 20, 2016

Our general meeting was held on August 20 at the Encinitas Library. Francine Busby shared her experiences as a delegate to the Democratic Convention. Our guest speaker, Dr. Faroukh Al-Nasser, spoke on the "Iraq Crisis and ISIS."

Meeting June 23, 2016

At the July 23 meeting at the Encinitas library, we heard from several Democrats running for local offices. Our Guest Speaker, Dr Sunita Cooke, President of Mira Costa College spoke on MiraCosta College: "Serving the Needs of the 21st Century Student." Jim McCord spoke about the "California Clean Money Campaign."

Inaugural Meeting June 18, 2016

Our inaugural meeting included San Diego Union-Tribune history quizmaster and language columnist RICHARD LEDERER, who offered a treasury of insights into the feats, fates, families, foibles, and firsts of our American presidents.

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